Biobanking Statement - New South Wales

Description

You may require a Biobanking Statement if you intend to undertake development in New South Wales. A Biobanking Statement provides verification that the development you are undertaking does not harm the biodiversity value of the area in which it takes place. The biodiversity value of an area includes the composition, structure and function of ecosystems in that area, including threatened species, populations and ecological communities, and their habitats.

Where a development application relates to land that is part of a critical habitat, or is likely to significantly affect threatened species, populations or ecological communities, or their habitats, you are required to submit a species impact statement with your application. The impact will then be taken into account by the Agency when your application is assessed.

A Biobanking Statement is a voluntary alternative to the current threatened species assessment of significance process under the Environmental Planning legislation.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for a Biobanking Statement you must demonstrate that the development you intend to undertake will improve or maintain biodiversity value. A development will be likely to improve or maintain biodiversity value if:

  • the impact on biodiversity values both on- and off-site will be minimised by on-site measures
  • areas important for biodiversity conservation which cannot be easily replaced have been avoided in the development proposal
  • the impact will be counter-balanced by the retirement of biodiversity credits obtained under the Biobanking Scheme.

The Biobanking Scheme enables biodiversity credits to be generated by landowners who commit to enhancing and protecting biodiversity values on their land through a Biobanking Agreement. These credits can then be sold to either:

  • companies seeking to counterbalance (or offset) the impacts of their development activities on biodiversity values
  • entities seeking to invest in conservation outcomes.

Where a development application relates to land that is part of a critical habitat, or is likely to significantly affect threatened species, populations or ecological communities or their habitats, you will be required to submit a species impact statement with your application.

You must also submit a completed copy of the application form and the required fee with your application.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Fees

Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Amount
Apply Application $11810.00
Vary Variation $1299.00

Administering agency

Department of Planning and Environment

Office of Environment and Heritage

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Enquiries, BioBanking Team

Office of Environment and Heritage

Department of Planning and Environment

Mailing address: PO BOX A290
Sydney South, New South Wales 1232
Phone: 13 15 55
Phone: 02 9995 5000
Fax: 02 9995 6795
Email: biobanking@environment.nsw.gov.au